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14 Peruvian women practice with NASA in science and know-how


At simply 15 12 months, Niurka Leiva desires of being an aerospace scientist or a neurosurgeon. She’s getting an opportunity to expertise a type of desires as a part of a gaggle of 14 younger ladies from Peru who’re presently coaching with The Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (NASA) in the US. 

“My dream is to be among the best aerospace scientists and to be among the best neurosurgeons to assist and provides a glimmer of hope to those that want it,” mentioned Niurka in an interview with Peru Stories.

The group of ladies ages 9 to fifteen come from deprived backgrounds, and from Might 2 by means of August 29 will obtain STEM (Science, Expertise, Engineering and Arithmetic) coaching from NASA engineers, and also will journey to Johnson Area Middle in Houston, Texas the place they’ll put a few of their coaching to the check. 

The “She is Astronauta” program “deepens and strengthens the empowerment of ladies,” mentioned Marcela Cubides Proaños, Vice President of the She Is Basis which created the challenge in Peru. 


Niurka Leiva, a 15-year-old Peruvian teenager who’s being skilled by NASA. Picture courtesy of her She Is Basis.

“Women are advised that it doesn’t matter what they need to research or their financial state of affairs, as a result of they are often what they need,” Ms. Cubides Proaños advised Peru Stories. 

The She Is Basis is a non-profit group that has been working in Colombia and Latin America for over six years. Its actions give attention to the financial growth of ladies, social innovation and ladies empowerment.

Ms. Cubides defined that She Is was created “as a 360 diploma financial mannequin the place ladies have the potential for growth and might break the cycle of poverty.”

In 2019, the non-profit signed an settlement with NASA to work with women on growing their STEM abilities. In 2021, the inspiration held its first version of “She is an Astronauta,” inviting 31 younger ladies from Colombia to take part.

Colombian women constructing small rocket prototypes at NASA. Picture courtesy of She Is Basis.

This time round, the women from Peru will obtain coaching and assist from a group of engineers, astronauts and CEOs from allied organizations together with Bancolombia, Grupo Energía Bogotá, Coca Cola, Bavaria, amongst others.. 

“This expertise is great from the primary minute,” exclaimed Ms. Cubides, who additionally detailed how for the final 5 days of this system the younger ladies will journey to Houston’s Johnson Area Middle to fulfill NASA engineers and managers and can find out about rocket constructing and area survival for astronauts. 

The challenge goals to not solely educate younger women in STEM, but additionally to assist gasoline a social transformation in Peru and Latin America.

“These women turn into brokers of change of their communities and arrive with a brand new mindset,” based on Ms Cubides.

Along with coaching, this system additionally consists of an entrepreneurial STEM challenge that every participant should create, and the inspiration gives coaching and assets to assist the younger ladies set up their ventures upon their return to Peru. 

31 Colombian women who traveled to NASA in 2021. Picture courtesy of She Is Basis.

“When the women return to their nation, we assist them to attain their ventures. As well as, the women proceed to be a part of the inspiration and we assist them get scholarships to universities,” mentioned Ms Cubides. 

“Goals can come true and we consider in every of the packages we do. We consider that that is the best way to generate a real social transformation in Latin America, understanding ladies because the nucleus of society and household. If we rework a girl we’re additionally remodeling her surroundings.” 

Niurka Leiva appears to agree.

“I’ll proceed to make an effort to indicate that it doesn’t matter the place you come from, as a result of everybody builds their desires and makes them come true. I’m going to be an agent of change in my neighborhood and I’ll replicate every little thing I’ve discovered once I return.”, advised Niurka ti Peru Stories.




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